Access Point #: SC.6.E.6.In.1

Describe how weathering and erosion reshape the Earth’s surface.
General Information
Number: SC.6.E.6.In.1
Category: Independent
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Big Idea: Earth Structures : Over geologic time, internal and external sources of energy have continuously altered the features of Earth by means of both constructive and destructive forces. All life, including human civilization, is dependent on Earth's internal and external energy and material resources.

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Related Courses

This access point is part of these courses.
2002040: M/J Comprehensive Science 1
2002050: M/J Comprehensive Science 1, Advanced
2001010: M/J Earth/Space Science
2001020: M/J Earth/Space Science, Advanced
7820015: Access M/J Comprehensive Science 1
2002055: M/J Comprehensive Science 1 Accelerated Honors
7920030: Fundamental Integrated Science 1

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Lesson Plans

Earth Movers and Takers:

In this lesson, students are given a fictious town that has a number of problems with erosion that have been exaserbated by the people who live there. In groups students are required to draw the town and analyze the problem to create solutions for solving the town's problems with erosion.

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MEA Save Our Soccer Field:

In this Model Eliciting Activity students are given data on types of materials that stop erosion from water run-off. The students are to use their problem solving skills as well as prior science knowledge to create a procedure for choosing the right material.

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Energy of Water: Erosion:

In this lesson, students will investigate the energy of water as it relates to erosion. After guided exploration of an erosion tray, students will devise, carry out, and evaluate a plan to slow down or stop the effects of erosion with as little environmental impact as possible.

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Unit/Lesson Sequence

Weathering and Erosion:

In this unit, students learn about weathering and erosion (and different types of weathering and erosion) through different models and activities. An engineering design competition asks students to synthesize knowledge about erosion to create an erosion-blocking process/product for the Atlantic Coast.

Type: Unit/Lesson Sequence

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